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TB12 defends Tom Brady against body-shaming

Alex Reimer
July 20, 2018 - 11:35 am

Unsurprisingly, Tom Brady is being chided for his apparent dad bod. When you advertise your body as sacrosanct, the peanut gallery is going to poke fun at your flabby abs. That’s just the way it goes, even though it’s patently unfair. 

Earlier this week, pictures surfaced of Brady and Gisele Bundchen vacationing on the beach in Costa Rica. Brady, who won’t even eat strawberries due to their high sugar concentration, appears to have as much muscle definition as an over-the-hill frat star whose college diet solely consisted of pepperoni pizza and Bud Light.

Of course, there’s far more to the human body than meets the eye. The TB12 Method isn’t about crafting six-pack abs or building Hulk Hogan-like biceps. Brady’s regimen focuses on pliability, casting aside traditional weight training methods. In his best-selling book, Brady talks about how he dealt with chronic pain earlier in his career, when he was bench-pressing and squatting with the rest of his teammates. But since Brady teamed up with Alex Guerrero, and traded in his benching bar for resistance bands, he claims he hasn’t experienced any shoulder pain whatsoever.

“We’ve all read the definition of insanity –– doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” Brady writes. “Well, sports training is the apotheosis of that. Way too often, we get trapped in the same old routines.”

On Twitter, TB12 Sports defended Brady’s build. “When it’s more important to get six rings than to get a six pack,” the account wrote in response to a Men’s Health article about Brady’s bod. “The TB12 Method is not about making you the MVP of the gym. It’s about living with vitality, being mentally strong, and enabling you to sustain your peak performance, so you can be MVP when it counts.”

In today’s age, where social media feeds are plastered with shirtless Instagram influencers with chiseled Zeus-like abs, there’s something awesome about the best quarterback of all-time looking like an average person with his shirt off. It shows that one can be in great shape without the glamour muscles. 

Brady is adamant he trains his body for peak performance on the football field. Judge the TB12 Method on his performances on the gridiron in January, not how he looks on the beach in July. 

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